by Don Begalle Rivers can provide hikers with a scenic and relaxing focal point.  The Twin Cities metro has several rivers running through or nearby and all have a park or two (or more) where one can enjoy a stroll along the banks. 
  By Laura Gossman Horihan, Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN    PRESTON -- A group of residents in Fillmore County have submitted a citizen’s petition to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board requesting that an environmental assessment worksheet or an environmental review be performed for the proposed bike trail between Preston and Forestville State Park.
by Katrina Styx The following is a press release from the Minnesota River Watershed Alliance:
Walkers, runners, and mountain bikers have seen a big change at the Winthrop Street portion of Battle Creek Trail System in St. Paul recently. Bulldozers have flattened and widened the cross country ski trails to a uniform width of 14 feet. All of the work is being done with donated funds.  
$500,000 bail set for man accused of committing sexual assualt on teenage girl  A Stearns County Judge set bail at $500,000 for Benjamin Ajqui Delacruz, a 21-year-old Melrose man who was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct of a 14-year-old female on the Lake Wobegon trail a half-mile west of Melrose.  
  by Don Begalle The Twin Cities metro area is filled with parks and most of them offer at least a little hiking.  But where do people go when they want more than a little hiking, perhaps a lot more?   Listed below are the five metro parks with the most trail miles.  The conditions for the parks are not standard.  Some include paved and natural surface areas and multi-use trails, but all are big...
Yikes! Bikes! raises over $10K for Habitat for Humanity   by Gail DeBoer- Staff writer   For the eighth year, the Yikes! Bikes! fundraising bike ride to benefit Habitat for Humanity (HFH) went off without a hitch Saturday on trails and side roads in the Walker-Laporte area.  
By Marie Malinowski “Minnesota” and “mountain biking” might be borderline oxymoronic when used together, but we still have enough off-road trails with hills, rock gardens, tree roots, logs, and bogs for riders both skilled and just starting out.
Construction on the Bemidji to Guthrie segment of the Paul Bunyan State Trail is complete and the trail is now open to the public. The trail is now paved for approximately 11.5 miles between the two communities, primarily along the old Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad grade. Bridges were constructed along this route in 2002 over Washington Ave. and the U.S. Highway 2 bypass. The Minnesota...
  By sarah Smith, Park Rapids Enterprise   Opposition is already mounting, and emotions are running high on both sides of a proposed off-highway vehicle trail through the Schoolcraft State Game Refuge in northern Hubbard County. The public comment period begins Monday and runs through Aug. 14. Both ATV riders and ATV opponents are lining up support to lodge their comments to the Minnesota DNR.



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